President Trump Friday said other reporters’ press passes could be taken away and said he has not made a decision on whether CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s pass would be permanently pulled.
“I haven’t made that decision [on Acosta] but it could be others also,” Trump said.
Trump spoke to reporters on the South Lawn Friday before departing for Paris, France. Acosta’s pass was pulled after he refused to stop asking questions during a press conference Wednesday after being told to by the president. He ended up wrestling with an intern for the microphone.
I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man . . . He gets paid to do that. He gets paid to burst in. He’s a very unprofessional guy. Whether it was with me or Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would have done the same thing. I don’t think he’s a smart person, but he’s got a loud voice.
Trump also attacked American Urban Radio Network correspondent April Ryan, who stood up and asked a question at the press conference without being called on and at first refused to sit down.
It’s the same thing with April Ryan . . . I watch her get up. You talk about somebody who’s a loser. She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing . . . She gets publicity, she gets a pay raise, and she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty, and she shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.